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Good News For Wild

from the Minnesota Wild,

Now we can get down to business. The Minnesota Wild re-signed Marian Gaborik to a three-year deal, and fans throughout the state can breathe easy. Ending speculation and worry that an unsigned Gaborik could lead to contract squabbles and ill-tempers, the Wild locked up the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Fans are now free to speculate on what the new-look Wild’s line combinations will be. "Getting this done was an important component of putting together a team that can compete for the long run in the Western Conference," said Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn. "Marian has fit with the players we have, and the new players we've brought in."
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Chara- “You Have To Want It”

from the Boston Bruins,

On Wednesday morning, Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton introduced this summer's most recent addition to the B's roster in defenseman Zdeno Chara. "I was thrilled with the approach that the Boston Bruins took in trying to sign me," said Chara, the former Ottawa defenseman. "They were very straightforward and after speaking with a few former players, Coach Lewis, and Jeff (Gorton), my decision was very easy to make. I'm very excited to be a part of this organization." "I'm not afraid of a challenge and I want to put this team on the winning track," Chara said. "Once we can do that, I want to contend for the Cup and be champions. "We will not be satisfied until we reach that final goal and that's winning the Stanley Cup. You need to have ‘will over skill.' You have to want it and possess that drive."
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Report- Cloutier Headed To Kings

from TSN,

Just a week after signing new No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks have bid farewell to their former starter. CKNW radio in Vancouver reports that the Canucks and Los Angeles Kings have completed a deal that sends goaltender Dan Cloutier to L.A.
update 4:!5pm, Canucks get a second-round draft pick plus a conditional draft pick. TSN link is now updated.

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Spacek A Sabre

from TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with unrestricted free agent defenceman Jaroslav Spacek. Spacek was a key member of Edmonton's run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, finishing second in scoring among NHL defenseman with 14 points in 24 games. He was eighth overall in power play scoring, 10th in blocked shots, and 10th in average ice time.

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Stars Lock-up Ott

from the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars have signed restricted free agent forward Steve Ott to a two-year deal, the team is expected to announce today. Ott will get a raise from the $582,960 he made last season as he will make $775,000 in 2006-07 and $800,000 in 2007-08, according to the NHL Players Association. Ott, who will turn 24 in August, had five goals and 17 assists in 82 games last season. He is expected to take a bigger role in the future.

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Cole Signs With Carolina

via Sportsnet Tracker, Eric Cole inks contract with Hurricane- 3 Years, $12 Million

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Friesen To Calgary

Sportsnet Tracker reporting Friesen to Calgary 1 yr, $1.3 million. The Rangers have signed Karel Rachunek, also reported by Sportsnet Tracker.

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Lindros Update

Eric Lindros was just on Fan 590 and said he talked with JFJ last ngiht and waiting for a response from the Leafs. He is feeling good, but his wrist does need to gain some strength. He said it is getting there and it should be great. Mentioned he is looking forward to training camp. He mentioned he hasn't been through a lot of team scenarios, just taking it a step at a time. Eric said he would like to know from the Leafs soon, he wants to be upfront with other teams if needed. Sounds like Eric is waiting to hear from the Leafs, if that option is exhausted, then he will start talking with other teams in a serious manner.

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Official- Stars Sign Halpern

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed center Jeff Halpern (pronounced HAL-pern) to a four-year deal through the 2009-10 season. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.

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Not All Has Changed

from Jeff Gordon Of St. Louis Today,

The new system certainly levels the competitive playing field, er, ice rink. That is how the NHL ended up with a Carolina-Edmonton matchup in the Stanley Cup Finals. But the lockout did NOT bomb the players back to the bad old days, when, relatively speaking, they were mere serfs trapped in a feudal system. NHL owners can still overspend on talent -– and they have done so this summer, throwing massive contracts at prime-age stars and rewarding ordinary and/or aging players as well. The New Economic Order does not prevent mid-market owners from losing lots of money, if they so choose. The owners retain their free will, which has led to frantic bidding on talent just one year after the lockout ended.
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